The resurrection of Christ was proclaimed eagerly by the early church. This miracle was considered an essential part of the Gospel message. More than just a suffering savior, Jesus is our risen Lord. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, the Gospel message is pointless; if Christ is not risen, our faith is futile, for no resurrection equals no forgiveness of sins. The resurrection of Christ was designed to reveal what lies ahead for those who put their trust in Jesus; we need not fear death.

Listen to this Resurrection Sunday message delivered by Dr. Dowdy on March 27, 2016, based on Matthew 28:6, Mark 16:6, Luke 24:6, and John 20:11–14.

“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” (Matthew 28:6)

But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.” (Mark 16:6)

He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee. (Luke 24:6)

But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there,and did not know that it was Jesus. (John 20:11–14)

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